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Poster: Scrim Date: Jun 29, 2007 12:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Favorite Stella Blue

What is your favorite version of Stella Blue? There is much to the song, but I always dig in for the two solos at the end. They can rip your head off on a good night. I offer the following, how about you?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd88-06-28.fm-matrix.braverman.17956.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jun 29, 2007 4:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Stella Blue

http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-05-15.sony.keshavan.2217.sbeok.shnf

Greek Theater 1983...check it out and if it doesn't get into your top 5 immediately stab yourself in the scrotum with a ballpoint pen...no I'm just kidding, you can use a pencil...

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Jun 29, 2007 7:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Stella Blue

all great choices and got to add a late period stella in the mix,even though it doesn't stack up to the previous choices it still is a very nice one and worth a listen you might be suprised http://www.archive.org/details/gd93-06-16.sbd.eliason.13330.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: alawson2 Date: Jun 29, 2007 5:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Stella Blue

I'm not a "regular" here but I would have to say that 7/18/76 has the finest Stella Blue I have ever heard. It wraps up the long second set jam in the finest possible way. I highly recommend giving it a listen! A real beauty.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd76-07-18.sbd.ferguson.244.sbeok.shnf

This post was modified by alawson2 on 2007-06-30 00:54:11

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Poster: dstanme Date: Jun 29, 2007 5:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Stella Blue

great choice, you're regular enough for me! BTW, people who are "regular" aren't likely to be here in the first place...just sayin'...

This post was modified by dstanme on 2007-06-29 12:36:36

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Poster: mcglone Date: Jun 29, 2007 2:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Stella Blue

10-21-78 (even with the aud. patch at the end).

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jun 29, 2007 10:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Stella Blue

Two of my favorites (and little known) that come to mind.

1) Gelnns Falls 5-8-80, In addition to a stellar Stella this is an underated show that has great versions of UJB, Prophet > Eyes, Lazy lightnin>Supplication, My Favorite Ramble On Rose and a Space that will definitely satisfy, among others

http://www.archive.org/details/gd80-05-08.sbd.carman.15034.sbeok.shnf

2) Pauley Pavillion 2/21/82: The Stella here is notable because of Phil's unique riffs both at the beginning and at the end Jam. At the end, he and Jer do this great riff trading, that I have not heard on any Stella since. This Stella also has a few tasty amd timely Bombs in it. I would also recommend the NFA that precedes it, Again at the closing Jam, Phil just rips!!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd82-02-21.sbd.dodd.16247.sbeok.shnf

This post was modified by Purple Gel on 2007-06-29 17:00:44

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Poster: Street Pig Date: Jun 29, 2007 7:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Stella Blue 5.4.79

Reviewer: Street Pig - - July 7, 2005
Subject: First of many to come 5.4.79

This was the first Hampton, pouring rain and da boys arriving late did not hamper the vibe.The locals were getting their first dose of the deadhead world and they welcomed us(and our $) with open arms. The scene outside was a reunion of sorts with Southern and Northeast heads meeting up with the diehard westcoasters. Yellow school buses with VW Buses mounted on top of them, stir fry, bracelets, bartering and smiles were the theme for the next 13 yrs. This copy here is a welcome one since I had and Aud copy that was rather hissy. I remember having one of the light bulb coming on moments during Stella when my misunderstandings of the band melted into beleif that there were in our hearts and minds.what other band achieved that?



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Poster: snori Date: Jun 29, 2007 7:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Stella Blue

While I generally prefer the earlier years the Stella Blue on 09-19-90 (MSG) stands out in what is an amazing second set. Phil is doing some extraordinary work during the second solo, and it's looooooong. Sorry, I need a tutorial in adding links or pics.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Jun 29, 2007 7:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Stella Blue

Links are easy. Highlight the IP address in your address bar, and either click on Edit in your tool bar and then click on Copy, or hold the Control button on your keyboard and the C key at the same time, then go to the page where you want to insert a link, put your cursor where you want to put it, then either click back on Edit again and then Paste, or hold Contol and V at the same time, and voila'!

Inserting pictures, as I JUST learned (see my post in the "Non Dead-Another Reunion Tour?" thread), is far more complicated, or at least what I figured out was pretty complicated. The resident expert on that would be tigerbolt, but I can't say if he's prepared to give up any trade secrets.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jun 29, 2007 5:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Stella Blue

i am on record on this here forum as stating that i just cannot see what all the fuss is about Stella Blue; and then our very own Wharfrat not so long ago pointed me to the version from 10/26/80 and upon first listen the song took on an entirely new relevance for me; it was stunning, it was fragile, it was, to put it simply, simply sublime

http://www.archive.org/details/gd80-10-26.sbd.hinko.18862.sbeok.shnf

thank you wharfrat

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Poster: Scrim Date: Jun 29, 2007 5:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Stella Blue

Stella Blue is my Darkstar.

Thanks for all the links, I'll be coming back to this thread to check out the recomendations.

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Poster: tree-ap Date: Jun 29, 2007 5:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Stella Blue

It's great seeing the spread of years you get with questions like this---just more proof that we all hear something differently. This has been one of my fav's since I first heard it---the version on Steal Your Face. This was the album that stamped "1974" into my brain, and I'll say that this is probably my fav year. I know that Phil & Bear didn't at all care for the recordings that album was derived from, and I've also heard said that this run @ Winterland wasn't all that great in terms of the performance quality, but again, we all hear things differntly. If by some cosmic accident you've never heard this version, or this album, I say you'll not be disappointed.

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Jun 29, 2007 8:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Stella Blue

I second 4-21-78 from Rupp Arena in beautiful Lexington, Ky.

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Poster: esreveRDelay Date: Jun 29, 2007 6:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Stella Blue

The Stella Blue from So Many Roads box set. Forgot what date but, I know it's in Kentucky '78.

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Poster: mcglone Date: Jun 29, 2007 7:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Stella Blue

http://www.archive.org/details/gd78-04-21.sbd.cotsman.10149.sbeok.shnf

fantastic drums too!

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Poster: gdave Date: Jun 29, 2007 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Stella Blue

This is one of my favorites and check out the transition into Not Fade. There are some great versions in 78. I just listened to 10-21 yesterday and was blown away.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd78-12-19.sony.barrick.305.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: barongsong Date: Jun 29, 2007 3:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Stella Blue

Gotta say that this Stella is my favorite right now.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd86-12-30.sbd.barbella.6025.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Jun 29, 2007 3:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Stella Blue

Here's an earlier one that's among my favorites -- soulful and reflective

http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-06-30.sbd.Jerugim.177.sbefail.shnf

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Poster: caspersvapors Date: Jun 29, 2007 7:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Stella Blue

theres a great one on Dozin @ the Knick